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Four public lectures on the theme “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Its Meaning and Mission” will be presented by Prof Murray Rae from the University of Otago, New Zealand


1. The Evangelical Witness
What do the Gospels have to say about what happened on Easter morning? In this lecture I will follow the journey of Mary Magdalene and her companions as they discover on Easter morning that the tomb of Jesus was empty.

2. Promise Fulfilled
The resurrection of Jesus is the fulfilment of the Old Testament hope. I will explore in this second lecture the resurrection as the culmination of Israel’s history and as the work of the God who identifies himself through Israel’s story as the one who delivers his people from bondage.

3. The Creation Made New
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the beginning of God’s renewal of the creation as a whole. With particular attention to the Gospel of John, this lecture will consider the significance of the resurrection for our understanding of the created order.

4. Life in Company with the Risen One
That God has raised Jesus from the dead is the proclamation that establishes the Church. It is the event that determines the Church’s identity and establishes its mission.

The lectures free and open to the public but registration is required. Please register via this link:


Murray Rae is Professor of Theology at the University of Otago in New Zealand. After completing a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Auckland, he began his working career as an architect in private practice before studying theology and philosophy in New Zealand, Germany, and Great Britain. He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and has served as a University Chaplain, and in ministry in congregations in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. His varied research interests include theology and the arts, especially architecture, Māori engagements with Christianity, Christian theology and ethics, and the work of Søren Kierkegaard.


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